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The Men of Company B / Hidden figures
« on: September 11, 2016, 10:44:58 PM »
For those folks contemplating building forces for the forthcoming re-vamp of the MOCB rules, I thought it might be worth mentioning that the current range of figures is slightly wider than that shown on the website.

For example, Martin seems to have done some head swaps on the masters for the Aussie SAS: I received at least 5 [I think there may even have been another casting, but couldn't subsequently find it...] different figures [only 3 are shown on the website] in my latest Australian SAS pack number 18:



I don't find the two casual walking poses very "alert special forces", so these are candidates for head swaps with the new bandaged heads as "walking wounded"!

You will probably need a radio operator for the forward controller asset, and there's a good candidate in the "secret" figure in pack 3 [Special Forces LRRP], of which only the other 3 are shown on the website. In each pack, you get 2 of each of the following 4 castings, and very nice they all are too [the radio operator is second in the following line-up]:


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Terrain and Figures / Bamboo - work in progress
« on: September 04, 2016, 10:24:29 PM »
After my recent debacle with the paddy fields [there is some progress there, though, thanks to the kind advice I've received here - I'll post when finally done] and my available time drying up as the holidays end, I finally had a go at my bamboo plants that had been kicking around for too long.

This all went much more to plan and I have now planted all my 200 "trees".

I have successfully used CDs for jungle in the past, but for this weekend's work I used a variety of 2mm MDF bases from East Riding Miniatures: 1", 1.5" and 2" circles; 2"-long ovals and some rather nice "blobby" terrain templates (which are asymmetrical, so if you buy a second pack - as I did - and turn each one over you get a different-looking shape for variety). The latter are here: http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/tts1-2066-p.asp

The big advantage of the MDF is that you can drill holes into which the thin bamboo model stems fit without falling over. I used a mini hot glue gun to secure each stem in place (I found it worked best to slightly over-size the holes, and dip the stems in hot glue before inserting).

I used a drill in a pin vice [MDF dust is nasty: avoiding power tools keeps it to a minimum] having primed both sides of the bases [having learned from my paddy field warping issues].

Here's a shot of the bases in various stages of preparation, alongside both the long and short bamboos (I had 100 of each):



and another of the assembled forest [don't know why it's on its side: TinyPic repeatedly failed me on this one...]:



which all (just) fits nicely into a 9 litre Really Useful Box:



I'd been really disappointed with my first purchase (the smaller size) as it did not have the promised wire core and many had bent into weird and wonderful shapes. However, these lent themselves to trimming at the bend, providing me with odd lengths for shorter bamboo and to follow the "rule of three" [i.e. at least 3 different heights of plant is more convincing] from the wonderful 18Charlie [https://18charlie.com/] terrain-building site, which I found worked quite nicely [the accompanying VC are on single bases, as they're ambush markers for the cache loop in the new rules]:



I made a total of 37 bases of various sizes from the 200 stems. Given that the current draft of the new MOCB rules requires up to 6 templates [each 12" x 6"] of bamboo, this gives me 6 bases of various size per template, which I'm hoping will look the part while still allowing room for the troops.

I'm unlikely to have the time over the coming weeks to complete the basing [I plan to slurp a mix of PVA, sand and paint over the lot, followed by some dry-brushing and static grass], but will paste up photos of the finished articles when I finally do get around to it.



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Terrain and Figures / Paddy fields - how not to do them...
« on: August 26, 2016, 06:14:00 PM »
So, here's a cautionary tale...

I planned to spend a chunk of the school holidays getting organised and making some scenery.

I got some nice pre-cut 6" x 12" MDF, and - as recommended by the supplier - coated both sides in PVA to seal the base.

I then had the misguided idea of using DAS modelling clay to model the nice pattern of dikes that I'd worked out.

This was a bad idea: the water in the clay appeared to reactivate the PVA and soften it, while the clay itself shrunk on drying and curled the boards.

I tried bending them back, filling the resulting cracks in the clay and so on, but was clearly onto a loser there.

So, now I am going to take the advice that Lesley B-T has kindly offered and:

a) seal the MDF board properly with an oil-based paint
b) use something that is not water-based / shrinks on drying to make the dikes.

I plan to model the fields in their "just flooded" stage [largely to provide some contrast with the rest of the gaming table], so mud brown with some scenic "water" on top, and grass on the top of the dikes only.

If I succeed, I'll post the results here!


 


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For those of you involved in play-testing the latest MOCB draft, a cautionary tale: I just discovered the mail Martin sent out (very late) last night [many thanks, Martin!] in my Yahoo Spam folder.

All sorted now, but in case anyone else was wondering where their draft #40 had got to, you may wish to check your spam folders too.

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Using the Forum / "What's new and for sale on the website" sub-Forum?
« on: July 23, 2016, 12:41:42 PM »
This may be an additional unwanted draw on Martin's time, but what about giving him the opportunity to post here details of the latest new toys appearing on the Piggy website, if he's happy to play?

Or indeed, to allow others to post, once they've spotted new "stealthy" additions?

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Grumbles / Breaking Piggy news leaked on TMP first - shock, horror
« on: July 23, 2016, 12:25:31 PM »
I'm not one to grumble, but...

... posting news of Martin's lovely new ECW houses on the TMP forum before informing the folks here, or highlighting as headline news on the Piggy website...

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Workbench and Suggestions / New helicopter crew in the near-term?
« on: July 19, 2016, 03:39:16 PM »
Martin,

Delighted to see the Revell plastic aircraft kits (including the Huey gunships) up for sale on the Piggy website, so many thanks for these!

I think you mentioned that you had been considering tweaking the current Huey crew figures to better fit the Hogs. With all the other things on your workbench, are you able to say whether this is still on the cards in the near-term [i.e. I'll be sending an order shortly as I know stocks are limited, but should I hold off assembly until new crew are available]?

Thanks!

Simon

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Using the Forum / Polls?
« on: July 15, 2016, 09:56:55 PM »
Dear Mr Administrator,

Is it possible to create any form of poll on this new Forum?

I feel sure that they could cause hours of amusing controversy...

Thanks!

Simon

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Workbench and Suggestions / Vietnam fgures: what the people voted for
« on: July 15, 2016, 09:52:45 PM »
With all the dangerous talk about various obscure :o WW1 figures etc. that folk would like Martin to turn his hand to, I thought it might be timely to post here the results of the recent(ish) Vietnam "wish list" poll from the old RFCM Yahoo group.

Not that this has anything at all to do with my not (yet...) doing WW1, or my current focus on trying to finish off some toys for Vietnam. Without getting into any Politics, popular votes seem to be the flavour of the month, so here goes [I've put into graphical format for convenience]:


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Workbench and Suggestions / Radical proposal: headless figures
« on: July 14, 2016, 12:36:04 PM »
Would it be possible to cast some figures / ranges without heads at all (i.e. but just a hole in which to glue one)?

Given the wide range of head swaps now available from PP, it seems a shame to spend ages removing / drilling / gluing if there were an easier way.

This would not only allow for different heads, but also subtle adjustments in the direction figures with the same head are looking.

I know others do this for 28mm, but am not aware of the moulding / commercial practicalities in 15mm...

Simon

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Using the Forum / Terrain sub-forum?
« on: July 13, 2016, 09:24:30 AM »
Chaps,

How about adding a sub-forum for the discussion of sourcing / making terrain, and sharing photos of the fruits of our labours?

Simon

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